Ekstrom and Audi Take Top Spot in DTM Standings

Ekstrom and Audi Take Top Spot in DTM Standings

Ekstrom and Audi Take Top Spot in DTM Standings

0 comments 📅21 August 2017, 21:15

Audi was in Holland this weekend, where it distinguished a 1-2-3-4 finish at Zandvoort on Sunday. As a result of the strong finish, the team holds on to first spot in the DTM Drivers’, Teams’, and Manufacturers’ Championships.

Unfortunately for Mike Rockenfeller, who eventually took essential on Sunday, the race win didn’t happen on track. BMW’s Marco Wittman was penalized after the racetrack for breaking the rules, bumping all drivers up one position.

“I was stuck in the transmission of a BMW and was hoping for Marco to put out a mistake or for his tires to degrade more than mine. But that wasn’t the suit,” said Rockenfeller. “When you start from position six, a second place is peerless. Inheriting a victory retroactively is not the same as clinching one on the race track. But the rules are like this and, plainly, I don’t mind taking home the additional points. For the team it’s fantastic that Loïc (Duval) finished on podium as marvellously.”

For Mattias Ekstrom, meanwhile, the disqualified BMW meant that he got promoted to third-area, giving him enough points to retake first place in the Drivers’ Championship.

“It was appropriate to score 15 points for the championship and taking the lead,” said Ekstrom. “I fought absolutely hard for that. Next, I’ll be traveling to the Rallycross World Championship in France. After that, I’ll contain to work on being faster again for the next race at the Nürburgring.”

Ekstrom holds key with 128 points, just 14 more than his teammate Rene Rast. Mike Rockenfeller trails Rast by another 4 points as Audi drivers put down the top three spots in the championship.

They will look to extend their usefulness in September when DTM next races at the Nurburgring.

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